Thursday, February 21, 2019
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Teenager builds his own replacement arm


Posted on Friday, 8 February, 2019 | Comment icon 17 comments

You really can build a new arm out of Lego. Image Credit: YouTube / Hand Solo / David Aguilar
19-year-old bioengineering student David Aguilar has used Lego to build his own robotic prosthetics.
Born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition, Aguilar, who is a student at the International University of Catalonia, wanted to find an affordable way to build robot arms.

He ultimately decided to use Lego bricks.

"As a child I was very nervous to be in front of other guys because I was different, but that didn't stop me believing in my dreams," he said.

"I wanted to... see myself in the mirror like I see other guys, with two hands."

His first design, which was red and yellow and named 'Mark I' after Tony Stark's Iron Man suit, featured a bendable elbow and a grabbing hand that he could use to pick up objects.

He has since built several other, increasingly sophisticated iterations.

His main goal is to make affordable robotic arms available to anyone who needs them.

"I would try to give them a prosthetic, even if it's for free, to make them feel like a normal person, because what is normal, right ?" he said.

You can see in more detail how his robotic arm designs actually work in the video below.


Source: CNET.com | Comments (17)

Tags: Robot, Prosthetic

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year on 8 February, 2019, 18:47
Necessity is the Mother of Invention
Comment icon #9 Posted by Seti42 on 9 February, 2019, 2:33
That's really cool. And I'm impressed he can build succinctly with Lego while only having one hand.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Chaldon on 9 February, 2019, 12:11
Wow!
Comment icon #11 Posted by bogdan9310 on 9 February, 2019, 13:35
To a place where machines do our work for us. It starts with replacing an arm, a piece here and there. Until they will replace us alltogether.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Rlyeh on 9 February, 2019, 15:46
Um, that's why they were invented...
Comment icon #13 Posted by freetoroam on 9 February, 2019, 23:40
You mean robots? But there is a difference between inventing a robot to build, to someone needing a  prosthetic arm.  Robots can only do so much. We can never be fully replaced, it would be unwise to try to replace all jobs by robots when there is a big population of humans. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by paperdyer on 10 February, 2019, 0:50
He can still patent it.  The material used doesn't matter.  The patent would be a design patent.  Any improvements by himself or other people would also be patentable with potential royalties going to him if some aspect of the original design is unique enough to have its own design patent.
Comment icon #15 Posted by freetoroam on 10 February, 2019, 0:58
Patent it? Its lego ffs. See post #2, he has build many others. There are already some pretty amazing prosthic arms already our. He is going to have his work cut out to beat them.
Comment icon #16 Posted by paperdyer on 10 February, 2019, 3:03
He can't patent the Legos but he can patent the use of the Lego pieces into his arm. He can get design patents as his use of Lego pieces is "Novel"  Any novel use is one not thought of before.  You can also get patents on improving an already patented product.  If your improvement violates the first patent if it's still in force, you can't make your improvement without a licence.  If you improve your own design, you can get a new patent.  This happens all the time.  I did it myself years ago. I took two existing chemicals and used them together to improve a process.  I got the patent and the c... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by bogdan9310 on 10 February, 2019, 11:11
They don't care about that, progress at any cost. They are still pushing it, without thinking of the consequences.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
3 UFO sightings reported every day in Canada
2-20-2019
Canada's Fox Mulder - Christopher Rutkowski - has revealed just how often Canadians are reporting UFOs.
Why do grapes explode in the microwave ?
2-20-2019
Scientists have been investigating a viral video that shows a halved grape erupting in to flames when microwaved.
New NASA team to help detect life beyond Earth
2-20-2019
The Center for Life Detection Science will work towards the goal of detecting extraterrestrial life on other worlds.
Police release footage of 'UFO' during storm
2-19-2019
A video recording of a strange light in the sky over Australia was posted online this week by Broome Police.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Why do blind people wear sunglasses ?
Posted 2-19-2019 | 2 comments
Simon Whistler investigates why blind people are often seen wearing sunglasses, even indoors.
 
How will humans evolve ?
Posted 2-12-2019 | 2 comments
What's next for our species - what will a human of the future be like ?
 
Why do mirrors only flip horizontally?
Posted 2-6-2019 | 3 comments
When you look in the mirror, why is your image only flipped horizontally and not vertically ?
 
The quest for a superbug cure
Posted 1-31-2019 | 0 comments
Does the key to dealing with superbug infections lie deep underground in a cave ?
 
Round Earth vs flat Earth
Posted 1-18-2019 | 6 comments
Why do some people believe that the Earth is as flat as a pancake?
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
My skinless demon
2-8-2019 | Michigan
 
Johannesburg Men in Black
1-2-2019 | Johannesburg South Africa
 
Giant flash of light
1-2-2019 | Pomona, California
 
Terrifying unexplained screams
1-2-2019 | Dorion, Ontario, Canada
 
My name is whispered
11-9-2018 | Wish not to disclose
 
Strange numbers on arm
11-9-2018 | Charlotte, NC
 
Two experiences
10-31-2018 | Pryor, OK
 
Various experiences
10-31-2018 | Californiia
 
A transparent figure
10-31-2018 | Nigeria
 
My childhood haunting
10-29-2018 | Cincinnati, Ohio
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2018
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ